As Trump touts steel’s resurgence, steelworkers move closer to a strike



Jeff Stain | The Washington Post

PITTSBURGH — A major steelworkers union has moved a step closer to striking, voting to authorize a labor stoppage that, if carried out, could derail the industry’s growth at a time when President Trump has touted its resurgence.

About 15,000 workers at plants owned by ArcelorMittal have unanimously voted to give the committee bargaining for new contracts here the right to call a strike within two days’ notice, union officials said Sunday night. That followed a similarly unanimous vote to authorize a strike from about 16,000 workers of U.S. Steel.

Together, the two companies account for nearly 25 percent of U.S. steel production, and a strike could hold back the industry at a time when it is benefiting from federal intervention aimed at boosting production and employment.

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